Hand sanitiser is now one of the hottest items for sale around the world, almost everyone has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, so is likely to have a personal bottle or two of hand sanitiser, but there are a few things you should know before buying your own supply.
Almost all hand sanitisers have an expiry date marked on the bottle and it’s vital to check this as after that time they may no longer be effective. If a bottle of hand sanitiser doesn’t have an expiry date or it has been tampered with, then reject it as it’s either an inferior product or out of date.
The majority of hand sanitisers have an alcohol content of between 6o% and 95%. Alcohol is a volatile substance and can leak out of a bottle over time, especially if it has not been stored correctly. Direct sunlight and heat can cause this to happen at a much quicker rate than if kept cool and in the dark
Countless studies in many different countries suggest that hand sanaitsers with alcohol; concentrations above 60% are very effective at killing most germs especially the Covid-19 virus. This because some viruses, like the Coronavirus have a protective covering that alcohol breaks down killing them quickly.
It’s important to understand that not all viruses and bacteria are the same and some are not affected by hand sanitisers and will not destroy them.
Washing your hands with clean water and soap is the most effective way to safeguard yourself and family form COVID-19 and most other bacteria, germs and viruses. Soap doesn’t kill germs and bacteria directly, what it does is dislodge dirt and grime that build upon the hands and other surfaces and removes it taking the germs and bacteria with it.
Hand sanitiser is not a cleaner, although some types of hand sanitisers include cleaning agents, the majority of hand sanitisers are totally ineffectual against dirt and grime, but as long as they contain over 60% alcohol they will kill the COVID_19 virus
Buying and Storing Hand Sanitiser
It’s best to buy only the amount of Hand sanitiser you will use in a few days and the purchase some more as required or buy in bulk and transfer to a smaller more convenient container for day to day use. Then making sure the larger container is within its use by dates and kept well sealed in a cool dark place.
Placing hand sanitiser in a hot car or similar place, will quickly cause it to lose its alcohol content making it virtually useless.
It’s suggested that when soap and water are not available, a good quality hand sanitiser with over 60% alcohol should be used before and after meals, whenever caring for someone who is sick, after contact with anyone outside the home, touching pets or other animals, money, shopping items or anything else other people have had contact with, either directly or indirectly.
This will limit the possibility of contracting the Covid-19 virus or the possibility of spreading it to other people.
Hand sanitiser is helping people all around the world avoid contamination from COVID-19 and a range of other bacterial infections and viruses. It’s important to only use hand sanitisers that are well within the use by dates, have been stored correctly and contain over 60% alcohol.